We are always keen to welcome visitors to Riversway, and recently a group of medical students joined us recently for a relaxing session of hand massage.
The Bristol University students visited as part of their course on a trip arranged through Riversway’s GP surgery, Wellspring. They spent time getting to know our residents before discussing how massage can be used and the benefits.
We discussed the importance of touch and contact, particularly for people who have dementia as it is a great way to introduce sensory stimulation to people who may no longer be able to communicate or express themselves to others.
Massage helps the circulation and nervous system, and also helps with relaxation and digestion - all of which we can benefit from as we get older.
The students also spoke about the different oils and the effects they have on people - for example, frankincense can be used to help slow the breathing, and grapefruit helps people feel uplifted.
The students had a chance to practice before trying it on some of the residents at Riversway.
Everyone benefitted from the attention given to them by the students, and really enjoyed the relaxation and pampering.
The students picked the techniques up quickly, learnt a lot and really enjoyed the time they spent with us.
For further information: You can read Dr Sean Ninan latest Blog (posted on the 20/02/14) 'Twenty (One) Tips for junior doctors working with older people' on the British Geriatrics Society’s (BGS) website by clicking HERE